Luke 1:64 (TPV) Instantly Zechariah could speak again. And his first words were praises to the Lord.
When you come to the end of a deep trial, are your first words “praises to the Lord”? Consider the frustrating proportions of Zechariah’s dilemma. The entire community knew that something had happened to him nine months earlier as he served in the Temple. Something had taken his voice away. When suddenly he could speak, the “fear of God fell on the people of their village, and the news of this astounding event traveled throughout the hill country of Judea. Everyone was in awe over it!” (vs 65). Your trials do not go unnoticed. Your responses affect people. That which is in your heart emerges. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45). Let’s make sure that “His praise will always be on my lips” (Psalm 34:1b).